RABBI NORMAN R. PATZ is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Sholom of West Essex in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, having served as the congregation’s spiritual leader since 1969. He serves as President of the Society for the History of Czechoslovak Jews and Vice-Chairman of the New Jersey State Commission on Holocaust Education. Rabbi Patz is an adjunct professor at Montclair State University and at Caldwell College. He also is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Newark Museum.
He has held other positions in the local community, including serving as President of the New Jersey Association of Reform Rabbis; Chair of the Metropolitan New Jersey Conference on Soviet Jewry; Trustee of the Cedar Grove Free Public Library; Chair of the MetroWest N.J. Community Relations Committee and founding Chair of the Holocaust Remembrance and Education Council of the MetroWest Federation. On the national level, he chaired the National Rabbinic Cabinet of the United Jewish Appeal; was a National Vice Chair of UJA; he also served as an officer of the Rabbinic Cabinet of Israel Bonds and as Chair of the Israel Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.
Rabbi Patz received a B.A. from Harvard College; a Bachelor of Jewish Education from the Hebrew Teachers College; a Bachelor of Hebrew Literature, an M .A. in Hebrew Literature and ordination as Rabbi from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, which awarded him the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity.
He and his wife, Naomi – a writer and editor, who was national director of the North American Jewish Forum and then for eight years national director of Partnership 2000 – reside in North Caldwell, New Jersey. They have two married daughters and four granddaughters.